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Debra J. Cohen , PhD, SPHR
VP, Knowledge Development
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Emerging Trends in Human Resources

Debra is currently responsible for SHRM’s Information Center and Research Department. She initially joined the society in May of 2000 as the director of research. In that capacity, she oversaw SHRM's survey program, trends and forecasting program, and other content development initiatives. Prior to joining SHRM, Debra was a university professor for 15 years. She taught human resources management courses at both George Washington University and George Mason University. She has also been a training and development manager.

During the course of her career, Debra has published over 30 journal articles. She is currently an associate editor for the Human Resource Management Journal, and she serves on the editorial review boards of several other publications. Debra also serves on the boards of several professional organizations including the human resources management division of the Academy of Management.

She received her PhD in management and human resources and her master’s in labor and human resources from Ohio State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Ohio University.

Debra will outline current human resource trends from aging workers, and soaring benefit costs, to a sluggish economy, shrinking labor pools, and increased security concerns. She will focus on the role human resources plays at the center of unprecedented, powerful forces that are changing the way organizations do business and utilize people. Debra will identify the emerging trends that have the greatest potential to impact the future, and highlight the actions your organization should take to be prepared.
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